This figure is of Haruna from To Love Ru and is by Shueisha. This is only my second Shueisha figure (my first one being Moka of Rosario+Vampire) and this figure is a VAST improvement in quality from what I’ve seen so far. The pose is a very cute/shy/femine pose, I really like the pose. I usually dislike short skirts but she makes the short skirt look ladylike and dainty. I also happen to think the To Love Ru uniform is cute and Shueisha did it great justice with their paint job. The skirt is done MILES better then the (similar) skirt Moka wears from Shueisha’s figure line.
Even better then the paint job on her uniform is how well they’ve painted the face. Her eyes are absolutely gorgeous, I love them. Those bright purple purple hues just pull you in. Her expression is well done too. But despite all this, looking at this figure causes me to cringe…why you ask?
That is a BIG ASS base for a figure of this size! It’s an eyesore to me! She arrives already screwed securely into the base. My NUMBER ONE pet peeve in figures is when a figure has a base that is significantly larger than the figure. It not only makes the figure look silly but also takes up too much precious shelf space. Currently I have her displayed with about 3 smaller figures on her base with her so I don’t waste the space…the base is THAT big. The base was not pictured in the prototype pictures, had it been, I assure you I never would have pre-ordered this figure. This is the second time I’ve ordered something loving the prototype pictures only to be horrified by a completely awful base choice. I admit the label with her name is nice but I could live without it if it meant a more petite base. In my mind a large base around a small figure kind of gives the viewer unfulfilled expectations, makes you feel as though something is missing.
Now I have no problem selling figures that I dislike…but I’m between a rock and a hard place over selling this figure. On the one hand every time I look at the figure I cringe a bit over the base…but on the other hand I love everything about the figure except the base. The figure itself completely exceeded my expectations, it’s also the only well done figure of Haruna currently. So I’m keeping her…but if I really start to run out of space my eyes might fall on this figure to sell first.
Does big base bother you? If not, then I HIGHLY recommend this figure.